Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins - 8/13/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins - 8/13/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (41-25-6) at Boston Bruins (45-17-12)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Boston Bruins -145 / Carolina Hurricanes +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins meet in game two of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Thursday night.

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to rebound after starting the series with a 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Bruins on Wednesday.

Joel Edmundson opened the scoring for the ‘Canes with just under seven minutes to go but David Pastrnak tied the game at one for Boston with just over two minutes to go in the opening frame. Charlie Coyle would give Boston their first lead 4:38 into the second but Brock McGinn would tie the game at two for Carolina short-handed just :21 after that. David Krejci put Boston back in front just under a minute into the 3rd but Haydn Fleury would tie it up at three just before the midway point of the 3rd, and the tie would hold up until the end of regulation, forcing overtime. The first OT period solved nothing but Patrice Bergeron would score just 1:13 into the second overtime period to open the series with a win for the Bruins.

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Tuukka Rask got the win for Boston in goal after stopping 25 of 28 shots faced in the winning effort while Petr Mrazek stopped 36 of 40 shots faced in the loss for Carolina.

Carolina is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall and 18-6 in their last 24 games playing on no rest while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Boston is 17-7 in their last 24 games overall and 39-15 in their last 54 games following a win while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on no rest. The over is 10-4-1 in the last 15 meetings between these two teams.

This will be an interesting one to figure out as you have a back-to-back when the assumption probably was that back-to-backs were done after the qualifying round. With that said, I expect this to be a tighter game than game one and I think with some tired legs, the offenses may be able to take advantage of some lackluster defense so I’ll side with the over as my free play for this game, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium play that you can find here.

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